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Wales, the Fairbanks suite consisted of
only seven staterooms and three bathrooms
— which is almost like camping out for Mary
and Doug.

A GOOD many sequences of Norma
Talmadge's picture "New York Nights"
are being retaken by George Fitzmaurice.
Norma's first talkie was one of the most
difficult films she ever made.

EVELYN LA YE, English musical comedy
star, will receive 3ie mere pittance of
fifty thousand dollars for her work in Sam
Goldwyn's revue which Flo Ziegfeld will

WHEN Jack Gilbert returns from his
European honeymoon he'll find plenty
of work waiting for him. "The Tale of Two
Cities" is a prospective story for him and he
may do it before he begins work on "Way
of a Sailor."

WHEN he completes "The Rogue's
Song," Lawrence Tibbett will make
another picture for M-G-M, probably in
New York where he must be by October
15th to keep an opera engagement.

THE Duncan sisters have also won out on
Old Man Option. They will make
another film after "Cotton and Silk."

LEn.A HYAMS will have the only femi-
nine role in "The Bugle Sounds." The
part is only a bit and Director George Hill
boasts that he's making the only picture
without a kiss.

GARY COOPER made such a success of
"The Virginian" that he will be cast in
another outdoor drama, "Fighting Cara-

Ttey Had to See Paris — Fox

V\ TELL — it's an unpretentious and sometimes cheap yarn, and the Paris shots are
obviously interpolated newsreels — and yet somehow it manages to be a knock-
out. The comedy is comedy and the emotional moments are sincere. Will Rogers
is gorgeous as the unpolished Oklahoma garageman who gets rich overnight and whose
ambitious wife drags him to Paris for the sake of culture and the children. Scrap all
your John Gilberts, give John Boles back to the Indians and Gary Cooper to anyone
who wants him — and let me have Will Rogers. The rest of the cast is more than
adequate, particularly Irene Rich, Marguerite Churchill and FiC Dorsay, who play
Vi'ill's wife, daughter and — uh — a girl he meets in Paris. All Talkie.

BILL HAINES will wisecrack his way
through "Get Rich Quick Wallingford"
before he does "Fresh from College," sequel
to "Brown of Harvard." After the latter
Billy will take a long vacation in Europe.

HENRY KING has at last found a name
for the big special which he is making
from "Out of the Night." It will be called
"Hell's Harbor" and Lupe Velez and Jean
Hersholt are parked there for a time.

GEORGE BANCROFT is regarded as the
greatest male box office magnet on the
Paramount program, topping Charles Rog-
ers and Gary Cooper. Bancroft and Clara
Bow are going to Europe for vacations — but
not together.

THE Olathe Mirror is for sale and
Charles Rogers' dad will retire from
the newspaper business. Mr. and Mrs.

Last Minute Revie\vs

"Sunny Side Up" — Fox. With
Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell.

"The Mighty" — Paramount.
George Bancroft's first war picture
and his nearest approach to sex
appeal. Esther Ralston supports with
grace and beauty.

"Untamed" — M-G-M. When
Joan Cravirford loves 'em they stay
loved. Fine performances from Joan,
Robert Montgomery and Ernest Tor-
rence. Good sentimental entertain-

"The Saturday Night Kid"— Para-
mount. A Uttle gal named Jean Arthur
steals this picture from right under
Clara Bow's double chin. Clara should
look to her calories and her laurels.

"Welcome Danger" — Paramount.
Not the best picture Harold Lloyd
ever made, but not half bad for his
first all - talkie. There's a gag to
please every member of the family
from the four year old to the octo-

"Rio Rita," with Bebe
Daniels. See Mr. Quirk's
editorial on Pages 27 and 28.

"The Trespasser," with
Gloria Swanson. Consult
Mr. Quirk's editorials, and
if you like Gloria get a thrill.

Rogers will make their home with Buddy
in Hollywood — which solves the problem
of that big house which young Rogers
is building in the outposts of the film

THE persistent rumor that Clara Bow's
contract would not be renewed at Para-
mount is all to the bad. Clara will be one of
Zukor's children until 1931 at least. She
will make a talking version of "Man Trap,"
her most popular silent picture.

MORAN AND MACK will make a
second Paramount picture. In spite
of the non-stop contract (87 pages!) upon
which they insisted, they have been ex-
tremely tractable gents.

FOX wanted Edmund Lowe to renew his
contract without the called-for raise in
salary. There were fireworks and Eddie
threatened to leave. But after the phenom-
enal success of "The Cock Eyed World"
Fox renewed at more than the stipulated
sum. Another Quirt-Flagg epic is in the

THE big Paul Whiteman set at Universal
makes the colossal "Broadway" set look
like a telephone booth. After months
of bloodshed a story has at last been
agreed upon for the Jazz King. 'Twill be
a revue.

OLIVE BORDEN'S option has been re-
newed and her fan followers will see her
next in "Dance Hall," the Vina Delmar

Chinese again in "The Son of the
Gods," his next for First National. Dick
made his big hit as the wistful Uttle Oriental
in "Broken Blossoms."

FIRST NATIONAL goes in for co-starring
teams in a big way. Lois Wilson and
H. B. Warner will be seen together again
in "Furies." And Alice White and William
Bakewell will team up again in "Playing

"'T^HE Behavior of Mrs. Crane," a stage
J- play by Harry Seegar, will be Laura
La Plante's next. At present she is co-
starring with Hollywood's latest wonder,
John Boles, in "Marseillaise."

DON TERRY, leading man of "Me,
Gangster," and Madge Bellamy are
this, that and the other way about each
other. They got the habit when they
played together in "Exiles."

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Brief Reviews of

Current Pictures

•^Indicates that photoplay was named as one
of the six best upon its month of review

ALIBI — United Artists. — An almost flawless
talkie about a young gunman who marries a cop's
daugiiter. Elegant melodrama. All Talkie. {May.)

ALOHA HAWAII— All Star.— Unusual produc-
tion based on Hawaiian legend. With native cast in
Hawaiian settings. Silent. {Aitg.)


Story of the terrible life of a misunderstood musical
comedy queen. Terrible is right. Silent. {June.)

• ARGYLE CASE, THE— Warners.— Fascinat-
ing mysterv story with a swell performance by
Thomas Meighan. All Talkie. {Aug.)

• AWFUL TRUTH, THE — Pathe. — Delight-
ful Ina Claire in a sophisticated drama. Ex-
cellent support by Paul Harvey. All Talkie. {Oct.)

BACHELOR GIRL, THE— Columbia —Dull love
trianfile, but nicely acted b\' Jacqueline Logan and
Wilham Collier. Jr. Part Talkie. {Sept.)

Secret service stuff in another mythical country.
Virginia Valli. Silent. {May.)

but rambling my.stery melodrama well acted by War-
ner Baxter and Lois Moran, All Talkie. {Sept.)

BELOW THE DEADLINE — Chesterfield.—
Quickie crook stuff — and sometliing awful. Silent.

• BETRAYAL- Paramount.- Not a pretty
tale, but fine dramatic fare, with Emil Jannings,
Esther Ralston, Gary Cooper. Sound. {May.)


joy Mix in a fast and thrilling one. Silent. {July.)

BIG NEWS— Pathe.— Another, and obvious,
story of an unhappy young reporter, with pleasing
work by Bob Armstrong and Carol Lombard. All
Talkie. {Sept.)

BLACK MAGIC— Fox.— Another priceless title
gone wrong. South Sea life — and very dull, too.
Sound. {Oct.)

BLACK WATCH, THE — Fox. — Extravagant
melodrama of India, which just misses being one of
the best. All Talkie. {Aug.)

BLACK WATERS — World Wide.— Thrilling,
chilling melodrama with mediocre dialogue. Silent.

BLUE SKIES — Fox. — An orphanage romance,
beautifully acted and charmingly directed. Sound.

BONDMAN. THE— World Wide.— Foreign ver-
sion of Hall Caine's novel, messed up by poor
photography. Silent. {June.)

BORN TO THE SADDLE— Universal.— Three
rousing cheersi A real good Western, with action
and humor. Ted Wells is head man. Silent. {May.)


To the astonishment of all, a good picture from the
Wilder novel. And, oh, zat Lily Damital Patt
Talkie. {May,)

• BROADWAY- Universal.— The original and
best night club melodrama. In spite of its
grandiose settings, the story will get you. And some
good acting. All Talkie. {Aug.)

BROADWAY BABIES— First National.— Alice
White as a chorus cutie at her best to date. Fred
Kohler steals it as a big beer and booze man from
Detroit. All Talkie. (Sept.)

BROTHERS— Rayart.— A good brotherly love
yarn, one a crook and one a nice boy. Barbara
Bedford dares do a heavy. Silent. {May.)

United Artists. — Great melodrama, intelli-
gently produced and with a fine performance by
Ronald Colman. Don't miss it. All Talkie. {July.)

BYE-BYE BUDDY— Supreme.— Did you know
that night club hostesses have hearts of gold? This
one is an unintentionally funny sob story. Silent.


CAMPUS KNIGHTS— Chesterfield.— Life in a

fashionable boarding-school — as it isn't. Don't waste
your money. Silent. {Aug.)

CAREERS— First National.— More intrigue and
scandal in a white colony in Asia. Pretty good. All
Talkie. (Aug.)

acted and intelligent drama. All Talkie. {Aug.)


Stuart and Nick Carol (our error!) seeing Europe with
lipstick and camera. Sound. {Oct.)

CHINA BOUND — M-G-M.— Messieurs Dane
and Arthur in a Chinese revolution. Fairly funny.
Sound. {June.)

CHINATOWN NIGHTS— Paramount.-Piping
hot melodrama of tong wars and such, with Wallace
Beery and Florence Vidor good. All Talkie. (Jl/oy.)

*CHRISTINA—Fox.— Slender and improbable
story made beautiful and worth seeing by the
inspired acting of Janet Gaynor. Part Talkie. {June.)

Pictu res You
Should Not Miss

"The Cock Eyed World"


"Hollywood Review of 1929"

"The Dance of Life"

"Bulldog Drummond"

"The Broadway Melody"


As a service to its readers, Photo-
play Magazine presents brief critical
comments on all photoplays of the
preceding six months. By consulting
this valuable guide, you can deter-
mine at a glance whether or not your
promised evening's entertainment is
worth while. Photoplay's reviews
have always been the most author-
itative published. And its tabloid
reviews show you accurately and con-
cisely how to save your motion picture
time and money. The month at the
end of each review indicates the issue
of Photoplay in which the original
review appeared.

CLEAN-UP, THE— Excellent.— A noble news-
paper fellow cleans up the bootleggers. Not bad.
Silent. {Aug.)

CLIMAX, THE— Universal.— Jean Hersholt good
as an old maestro in a picture of music, love and music
lovers. All Talkie. (SeH.)

• CLOSE HARMONY— Paramount.— Brilliant
talkie of backstage vaudeville life. Fine fun,
with Buddy Rogers and Nancy Carroll aces. All
Talkie. (May.)

ther disagreements of Sergeants Eddie Lowe
Quirt and Vic McLaglen Flagg. with Lily Damita the
chief trouble-maker. Highly seasoned. All Talkie.

COCOANUTS, THE— Paramount.— Filmed ver-
sion of the Marx Brothers' musical show. Some
hilarious moments. All Talkie. {Aug.)

COLLEGE LOVE— Universal.— "The Collegians"
elaborated and improved. Lots of fun. All Talkie.

COME ACROSS— Universal.— Just a round-up of
discarded movie plots. Part Talkie. (July.)

CONSTANT NYMPH, THE— Gainsborough.—
English production of a fine novel, told with taste and
intelligence but badly photographed. Silent. (Aug.)

• COQUETTE — United Artists.— Denatured
version of the stage play with a tine perform-
ance by Mary Pickford. And Mary's voice is one of
the best in the talkies. Of course you'll want to see —
and hear — her. All Talkie. (June.)

• DANCE OF LIFE, THE— Paramount.- Hal
Skclly and Nancy Carroll in an all- talkie made
from the famous backstage play, "Burlesque."
Grand. (Setil.)

• DANGEROUS CURVES— Paramount— Clara
Bow in tiglits in a love story of a small circus.
I^chard Arlen does well. All Talkie. (Sept.)

Reviewed under title of "The Woman Who Needed
Killing." Tropical and torrid drama of the South
Seas. Not for children. All Talkie. (June.)

done Chinese picture, with Lad\' Tsen Mai, promi-
nent in "The Letter," in lead. Silent. (Sept.)

DESERT SONG, THE— Warners.— All-singing
and talking operetta that is a bit old-fashioned and
stagy. Some good singing by Jolin Boles. Part
Talkie. (June.)

DEVIL'S CHAPLAIN, THE— Rayart.— Adven-
tures of rovalty in .America. Fairly entertaining.
Silent. (July.)

DONOVAN AFFAIR, THE— Columbia.— Mys-
tery play with too little suspense and too much
forced comedy. Nevertheless, it has a good cast.
All Talkie. (June.)

• DRAG — First National. — Dick Barthelmess
shines in a quiet domestic story, witli Lila Lee
a sensation in the film. All Talkie. (.Sept.)

weight but amusing story of the romance of a cul-
tured prize-iigliter. Part Talkie. (July.)

• DYNAMITE— M-G-M.— Stark drama, full of
suspense, bringing to the screen two splendid
plavers, Charles Bickford and ICay Johnson. All
Talkie. (Ocl.)

Reginald Denny in a farce that manages to amuse in
spiteof its hoary plot. All Talkie. (Sept.)

Frenzied society melodrama with a rubber plot that
bounces all over the map. Silent. (June.)

• EVANGELI N E— United Artists.— Beautiful
and toucliing film version of one of America's
best-loved poems. Worth your while. Sound. (^«g.)

EXALTED FLAPPER, THE— Fox.— A princess
turns flapper and upsets royal traditions. Frothy but
funny. Sound. (July.)


Old-fashioned movie thriller. Silent. (July.)

FALL OF EVE, THE— Columbia.— Rowdy faree
of the buyer who comes to the big town to make
whoopee. Ford Sterling, Patsy Ruth Miller. All
Talkie. (Sept.)

FAR CALL, THE — Fox.— Piracy in the Bering
Sea. Plenty of action for your money. Sound. (Aug.)

• FASHIONS IN LOVE— Paramount.— Adolphe
Menjou with a French accent. Amorous and
amusing farce. All Talkie. {.4Mg.)

FATHER AND SON — Columbia.— Doing right by
Dad. With the ine^-itable "sonny boy" motif. Part
Talkie. (.4«s.)

FLYING FOOL, THE — Pathe. — Hit-the-sky
melodrama with Marie Prevost crooning a theme
song — and how! All Talkie. (Aug.)


Photoplay Magazine for November, 1929




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$25, $10 and $5
Monthly for the Best Letters

Weighing the Mail

HIGH spots of the month's mail —
They're leaping on poor Lois Shirley
and her article in tlie August issue of
Photoplay about Garbo's double, all because
Lois said that Greta was a bit ungainly and
retiring. In the case of Garbo, the queen can
do no wrong. Whatever she is, is not only all
right — it's perfect.

The barrage of adoration from John Boles'
admirers keeps up. So do the long and in-
teresting letters in favor of the talkies, with a
few dissenting votes. Some folks are impatient
OTth producers for importing the Broadway
actors at the expense of the old, silent favorites.
And Nils Asther addicts are moaning for fear
his accent will crucify him.

Many fans in smaller towns are mad on
managers who put in poor talking picture
apparatus and operate it Incompetently.

A great grist of letters this month. Write
long and often!

What "Four Sons" Did—
The $25 Letter

Gainesville, Tex.

Last night I saw "Four Sons" for the
second time. Though I am an ardent fan, I
never see a film twice. So let me explain.

The first time I went to " Four Sons" I was
intoxicated for the first time in my life. I got
nothing out of it, and before it was over I had
to be taken out of the theater by my friends.

I went again to see what my reaction would
be. What a wonderfully fine picture! I shed
a tear when Margaret Mann was sad. I re-
joiced when her heart was glad. She made me
ashamed of my condition the first time, and to
think of my own mother.

I never realized my condition undl I saw

the picture the second time. When I think

what this experience has taught me, I am

resolved never to take even one drink again.

Boyd Sinclair.

Censorship in Smgapore! —
The $10 Letter

Singapore, Straits Settlements
Being an enthusiast of the movie stars and
of Hollywood interest, I would like to point
out that I always go to cinemas, and feel tired
of the same plots under different titles. I
assume that new themes are very much appre-
ciated by the public: not of the undenvorld
dramas which are seldom passed out by the

We are deprived of not seeing such pictures
as "Variety," "Captain Salvation," etc., and
the exhibition of such is banned here.

I think in America all are raving for talking
pictures and what-not, but we out here have
no such diets. Recently 1 went to see "Wings, "
which recorded a full house because this is the
only sound picture which was out here that




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showed people in the East are also craving for
such talkies.

"Old Ironsides" far surpassed ma^y pic-
tures. George Bancroft lent a firing interest
to the story.

C. H. Khong.

(A shock to all of us. So that's what Kipling
wrote about^" Somewhere east of Suez, where
the best is like the worst — where there ain't no
Ten Commandments," and so on. Don'ttell
Kip about this. It would break his heart to
find there were film' censors out there! — Ed.)

American A's —

For Americans —

The $5 Letter

Grand Rapids, Mich.

Please, my nerves! Since the movies have
broken into speech, these broad A's threaten
my sanity!

Why can't the actors be natural and say
"Father was drunk" instead of gargUng
"Fawthaw was intawxicated"?

If the talkies want to live to a ripe old age,
the artists must talk United States and forego
that drawing room chatter. They must remem-
ber that their efforts must be pleasing to
the natives of Chillicothe, Ohio, as well as to
the ultra-smart set making refined whoopee

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